Delsyn’s Blues by Lou Sylvre

Delsyn's Blues (Vasquez & James, #2)Delsyn’s Blues by Lou Sylvre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic follow up to Loving Luki Vasquez. I won’t go into spoiler territory but this book contains a lot more of the characters’ back story and it pretty much is a roller coaster ride of angst, pleasure, joy, anger and oh-my-fucking-god-what-the-hell-is-he-doing-to-me-now emotions.

A lot of this book is about the faith and trust that builds between Luki and Sonny. Yes, there is a crime/drama in this but it’s also about their relationship and the trials/tribulations both men have to go through in order to reach an understanding about the man they love.

Highly recommend this book. Go get it. Why are you still reading this? Go. Shoosh. :::grins:::

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Tonight’s Dinner: Beef and Bok Choy Stir Fry

Beef and baby bok choy stir fry, rice and sweet/sour daikon pickles.

The beef is leftover from a roast beef we had last night. The roast was an experiment using the Perfect Prime Rib recipe my mom got from that lady who got it from her friend back in the 70s. How’s that for convoluted.

The baby bok choy was on special at 99 Ranch. Lovely place. I highly recommend stopping by for a look-see if ever you’re in San Diego. The daikon was picked up there as well. It’s a very easy thing to make. I’m just lazy. :::Grins:::

Shira Anthony’s Blue Notes

Blue NotesBlue Notes by Shira Anthony
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to fully disclose that I’ve met Shira Anthony and found her adorable and lovely. So in the spirit of full disclosure, I have to declare that I went into reading Blue Notes with her sparkling personality and wit in mind.

And oh the book did not disappoint.

I love Paris (for the most part). It’s not one of my deep loves like Venice or San Francisco but Paris has a certain flavour to it and Blue Notes captures that perfectly. Paris does love its music and certainly, has an intense love affair with jazz so it was nice to see this tendre serve as a backdrop for this novel.

For me the book really began in Paris. Certainly the back story in the beginning was necessary so you could see why Jason got to where he was but the richness of Anthony’s writing began to unfurl once he hit the streets of Paris. Jason’s engagement and overt push-me-pull-you interaction with Jules was sweet and conflicted in the beginning but then resolved into a lush entanglement.

There were a few conflicts…standard in this form of the M/M genre and a stumble or two, as is normal but it all works out.

Do I have a complaint? Only that I wish there’d been more of their relationship shown as it developed. That for me was the most satisfying aspect of this book. Jason and Jules slowly discovering one another was key to this book and I wanted much more of that. I’d have love to see them go through the Lourve or even try to figure out why there’s a damned glass pyramid in front of one of the most elegantly built buildings in the world. I’d have loved to see more of Jules’ discovery of the city he lived in as seen by someone who could open up doors that were previously closed to him. It was entrancing to see the tidbits Anthony gave us.

I wanted more.

The book was a satisfying meander through a relationship of seemingly impossible romance… impossible only if one stared at it from the outside but the characters within were suitably and admirably matched.

I look forward to more books from this author. Get back to the keyboard, Ms. Anthony.

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